Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 23, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
How your practice can host a dental assisting extern
Safety of healthcare workers and their patients ’two sides of the same coin’
Healthcare employers should promote worker safety for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that keeping doctors and nurses safe helps to keep patients safe as well, according to federal OSHA officials. “Worker safety and patient safety really are two sides of the same coin.”
Needle stick injury prevention, Sharps injury prevention, Sharps safety disposal"
The Necon sharps containment system is the most effective and safe manner of disposal of hypodermic needles available today, check the video for a ...
Sharps Disposal Medical Safety Product
SYRI-SAFE - (Sharps Disposal) Patented Medical Safety Product The SYRI-SAFE is a portable machine that completely disintegrates the needle on the syringe...
Needle Stick Danger
Solid Waste Services employees face a danger on the job. It's a danger that has forced some to seek grueling medical treatment. Find out how you can help...
QD Syringe Systems ::: Needlestick Stats, Safety Syringes
Quick Draw Syringe Systems was founded by it's visionary CEO, Christopher Green. 
SeldiSafe® - Helping to reduce the risk of sharps injury during CVC insertion
With 40,000 incidents reported each year in the UK (and at least as many go unreported), this is a major cause for concern for the NHS.
ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device.
The ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device can be used to safely pass 99% of sharps between members of the operating theatre teams during surgery ensuring minima
'It's scary' says mom after family finds needle in Victoria Park
The inappropriate disposal of used needles has been a city-wide issue, despite sharps bins scattered across the city. 
ergoLance Safety Lancets Instruction For Use
Medlance Plus safety lancets are single-use devices for capillary blood sampling dedicated to healthcare professionals. They are an integral component to...
Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle
The Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle is designed to work with any standard blood collection tube holder on the market and offers a unique internal blunting technology that is integral to the needle itself. This device blunts while inside the patient's vein, eliminating exposure to the sharp upon needle exit. In a study performed by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, the Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle reduced needle sticks by 76%; the highest rate of any device studied!
HIV
Sick warnings that HIV infected needles are hidden in petrol pump handles are doing the rounds
Charlie Sheen Sued By Woman Who Claims He Lied To Her About HIV Status, Exposed Her To Disease Through Unprotected Sex
'Remarkable' drop in new HIV cases among men
HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus likelier to pass virus that causes AIDS to infant
Best delivery mode for potential HIV vaccine tested
HEPATITIS
Two new medicines recommended for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C
Beaver County's hepatitis C cases double in one year
Hepatitis B: changing epidemiology and interventions
Hepatitis A Warning for Westchester County, New York
Air Force says 135 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis
In an uncertain world, viral hepatitis is one problem we can solve
A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History
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WEST NILE
Mississippi's 1st West Nile Virus case of 2017 reported in Forrest County
First human case of West Nile reported in Pine Belt
West Nile Virus Active In Indiana
West Nile Virus found in Beaufort County
Mississippi's 1st West Nile Case of 2017 in Forrest County
First West Nile virus case in Mississippi for 2017 reported
West Nile risk comes sooner than usual
ZIKA VIRUS
Future Zika epidemic waves in the Caribbean remain likely, PAHO warns
Putting the Zika Myth on Ice
A Clinic Mix-Up Leaves Pregnant Woman In Dark About Zika Risk
Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?
Zika Diagnosis Confirmed by Placental Sample Testing
Tissue testing can spot Zika at birth: CDC
Zika virus a renewed threat
Zika Mosquitoes More Prevalent Than Expected
VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set
The VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set, from Retractable Technologies, Inc., features automated in-vein retraction that effectively reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposure.  The safety mechanism is activated by depressing a retraction trigger that is located near the finger-grip area.  This allows for easy one-handed activation, without changes in hand position, while reducing the risk of inadvertent activation.  The needle is retracted directly from the patient, virtually eliminating exposure to the contaminated needle.
IN THE NEWS
THIS MAP SHOWS THE AREA OF THE US THAT'S HOME TO THE MOST PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
AIDSVu, a project run by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with biotech company Gilead Sciences, has been mapping HIV by county since 2010. By mapping HIV rates on a local level, public health officials can get insight into which groups might need more attention (based on geography or demographics). Signature items from 17 fast food chains, ranked by caloriesA company used a sample of my DNA to tell me how I should eat and work out — here's the verdictThe 12 healthiest lettuces and leafy greens for you, rankedSEE ALSO:  The Trump administration is gearing up to take an official stance on prescription drug prices — here’s what to expect
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CHECKCLIP MEDICATION LABELING
The Qlicksmart CheckCLIP is a medication labe
lling device which allows clinicians to draw up the drug with both the syringe and ampoule remaining in their hands at all times, which reduces the risk of both syringe swap and ampoule swap errors. The CheckCLIP is simple and quick to use, enabling a clear visual cross-checking of the medication details without obstructing the incremental dosage markings on the syringe. This significantly improves the tracking and identification of medications, and assists in compliance of the Five Rights of medication administration. Healthcare workers around the world have already embraced this highly-effective and cost-savings safety solution. 
 
 
GOOD SAMARITAN STUCK BY NEEDLE IN PRESCOTT PARK
A Good Samaritan picking up trash in Prescott Park Monday morning was stuck in the palm by a medical device used by diabetics to draw blood, said police Sgt. Eric Kinsman. Police were called about the needle stick on Monday at 8:03 a.m. when the woman said she regularly walks through the public park and picks up trash along the way, Kinsman said. She told police she saw something on the ground she thought was a crayon and when she picked it up, she was stuck in the left palm, he said. The woman’s skin was broken and she sought treatment at a medical clinic in southern Maine, according to police. The woman also sent a photo of the item to police, which was used to identify it as a lancet used by diabetics to draw blood for glucose testing, Kinsman said.
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY ARE COMMON AND UNDERREPORTED | RADIOLOGY
An interesting article from the journal Radiology.
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VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS BLOOD COLLECTION NEEDLE

The VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Blood Collection Needle with optical venipuncture control is a great help for phlebotomy personnel. The latest innovation from Greiner Bio-One at last brings vision to blood collection. When venipuncture has been carried out successfully, blood flow is visible in the view window in the transparent plastic hub of the needle.

The VISIO PLUS also has advantages for the patient. Movement in the vein during penetration whilst searching for the vein lumen is sometimes painful for the patient: Due to the visible blood flow in the view window, this movement is avoided. The special cut of the needle tip makes penetration of the tissue a lot easier. The new VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS needle thus guarantees pain-free, stress-free venipuncture.

MUM-OF-TWO SAYS "SOMETHING MUST BE DONE" AFTER SEEING DISCARDED SYRINGES
A MUM-of-two says that “something has to be done” after finding a number of syringes and needles around the town centre over the last four… 
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WEST TO HIGHLIGHT RIGID NEEDLE SHIELDS FOR PREFILLED SYRINGES AT PDA EUROPE ANNUAL MEETING - WEST PHARMA
West to Highlight Rigid Needle Shields for Prefilled Syringes at PDA Europe Annual Meeting
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QLICKSMART BLADEFLASK

 

Qlicksmart BladeFLASK is the world’s pioneering single-handed blade remover to prevent injuries from removing scalpel blades.  BladeFLASK is simple to use with a quick “push, click, and pull” action to remove and contain used scalpel blades. Used together with a hands-free passing technique, BladeFLASK can prevent up to 5 times more injuries than a safety scalpel. This easy-to-use solution provides a low cost alternative to safety scalpels for all scalpel users. Qlicksmart’s single-handed BladeFLASKs have safely removed over 70 million contaminated scalpel blades, and have prevented up to 150,000 injuries around the world. 
 
FIT UK RELEASES NEW SET OF SIX 'GOLDEN RULES' ON DIABETES INJECTION TECHNIQUE
The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) UK, which provides evidence-based best practice recommendations on diabetes injection technique, has published the latest edition of its UK Injection and Infusion Technique Recommendations, including for the first time a new set of six ‘Golden Rules’
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FDA APPROVES NEW EPINEPHRINE PREFILLED SYRINGE
Symjepi, from Adamis Pharmaceuticals, is for the emergency treatment of type I allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
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GREINER BIO-ONE PRODUCTS FOR SAFE AND ACCURATE BLOOD COLLECTION
  • Blood Collection Tubes – The innovative VACUETTE® blood collection tubes are made of virtually unbreakable PET plastic. They can meet the requirements of routine laboratories as well as specialized laboratories. These tubes promote sterile and safe blood collection. All tubes come with a safety cap. The caps of the tubes are colored in accordance with internationally recommended color codes. The tubes have the CE mark and most are FDA approved.
  • Blood Collection Needles – Exclusively for single-use, these needles are predominantly used in routine blood collection. An audible “click” indicates that the safety lock has been activated while the needle is still in the vein. The color of the needle protective cap simplifies visual recognition of the individual needle gauges. VISIO PLUS Needle with optical venipuncture control simplifies blood collection routine for phlebotomists.
  • Blood Collection Sets – Safety Blood Collection Sets are available in three versions – with Luer Adapter, without Luer Adapter and Holder and with Blood Culture Holder. The sets differ in terms of tubing lengths and needle gauges. Standard Tube Holder can be used with either VACUETTE® Multiple Use Drawing Needles or VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Needles, as these components are designed for optimal compatibility with one another.
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MANY DENTAL OFFICES LACK PLANS FOR CONTROLLING BLOODBORNE EXPOSURES, SURVEY FINDS
Twenty-eight percent of private dental practices have not fulfilled OSHA’s requirement for a written, site-specific bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by NIOSH and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, an oral health care advocacy group. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is intended to protect health care workers from diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which can be transmitted from patient to dental health care providers or from patient to patient through . . .
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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Packaging your drug in a prefillable syringe with a safety feature will provide protection for health care workers and patients against accidental needlestick injuries. The NovaGuard SA (Staked-needle Automatic) syringe system can be deployed using a single-handed technique to shield the exposed needle.

 
System Benefits
·        Mitigates glass flange breakage
·        Bulk packaging enables automated assembly
·        Designed to prevent pre-activation
·        Uses standard plunger rods
·        Tamper resistant

 
To learn more about using the NovaGuard SA syringe system for your drug product, or for information on any of West’s injectable drug packaging or delivery system technologies, click here.

 
*For investigational use only by our pharmaceutical and biotechnology development partners. West markets the NovaGuard SA technology as an integrated system. Final assembly is completed by the pharmaceutical company.
West and the diamond logo and NovaGuard™ are trademarks or registered s of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.
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